PNA recalls its ambassador to U.S. over Jerusalem crisis

FILE PHOTO: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stands during a reception ceremony for Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman/File Photo

RAMALLAH, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Palestinian National Authority (PNA) recalled Sunday its ambassador to the U.S. for consultation over the crisis with Washington after its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A short statement by the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riad Malki said that he decided to recall the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) mission in the U.S., Ambassador Hossam Zomlot.

On Dec. 6, U.S. President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, which met strong Palestinian and Arab rejection.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, as the capital of their future state, while Israel refuses to divide the city and wants “Greater Jerusalem” as its capital.

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